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This chapter discusses the experience of the authors in the villages of Rongmandu, Rongterra, Keroni, and Lokhra. It explains the religions followed by the people and the architecture of the houses in the villages. Karbi houses are built on a platform and are divided into a men's section and a women's section, which are connected by an entrance terrace. The panels and covers of walls and floor are made of woven, flattened bamboo. Bamboo is used for the columns, beams, floor and walls, while grass is used to cover the roof. Wood is used sparingly, mainly along the floor for the edge-beam. The chapter discusses the interaction of the authors with Dr.Rongpi, a Karbi man, at Rongmandu village. The Karbi people follow their traditional beliefs, based on animism and ancestor spirits. Only a few have converted to Christianity or Hinduism.

Keywords: animism; bamboo; Dr.Rongpi; Karbi houses; Rongmandu village



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